Student Placement

One of the most important responsibilities of the school staff is to assign students to classes for the next year. The goal of the student placement policy is to design balanced classes, according to established criteria, which create the optimal learning environment for all Blackwell Elementary School students. Each classroom is a small community that must be representative of the diverse social, academic, and physical needs and abilities of all students.


Student Placement Criteria:

1.      Maintain an equal distribution of academically high, average, and low students.

2.      Maintain an equal distribution of students that have a positive influence on other students.

3.      Maintain a balance of dependent and independent workers.

4.      Maintain an equal balance of boys and girls.

5.      Accommodate special academic and social needs



Student Placement Process Timeline:




Mid-March 2020

Reserve a Place forms sent home

March 30

Reserve a Place forms due

April 3– May 15

Parent Input form available on website

May – late August

Principal receives initial and updated enrollment projections from the district

Teacher/Staff input gathered for placement

Final placement completed by principal

August 26 & 27

Blackwell Back to Business Day

Individual student placement available to parents

August 27 

Meet and Greet Day

September 1

Grades 1-5 First Day of School

September 1-3

Kindergarten WaKIDS Family Connection Meetings

September 4 (Friday)

Kindergarten First Day of School